Darrell Jones has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of choreographers and dance companies such as Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown and Min Tanaka. He continues to have long-term collaborative relationships with Bebe Miller Company and Ralph Lemon. Darrell is a two-time Bessie Award recipient for his collaborative work with Bebe Miller Company and his research into (e)feminized ritual performance. His artistic research has found its central focus through a conversation between his postmodern training and the voguing aesthetic. Through years of experimenting and analyzing oppression as it lives in the body, Darrell seeks to excavate how individuals accumulate identity and mirror culture through movement. Darrell is presently a tenured faculty member at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago where he teaches classes in physical practice, performance and improvisational techniques.
Jenifer Nugent is originally from South Florida, and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She has performed most notably with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company from 2009-2014 and David Dorfman Dance from 1999-2007. Jennifer’s practices are profoundly inspired by Daniel Lepkoff, Wendell Beavers, Patty Townsend, and an ongoing collaboration with Paul Matteson. Current projects include a new solo work, Up Against, which uses dance (steps, improvisation, shape, and gesture) as a way to articulate movement language and curiosity, allowing the vibration and energies that surface within the process of being in the studio to reverberate inside the performance. Jennifer is a teaching artist at Gibney Dance NYC, Movement Research NYC, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Sarah Lawrence College, NY.
Michael Wall is an internationally recognized composer, performer and educator who collaborates with dancers, choreographers and filmmakers around the world. He composes original music, teaches sound design for dance and performance with Ableton Live and offers a comprehensive online library of music for dance students, teachers and choreographers. You can find all of his music at
Aram Atamian is a US born diasporan Armenian artist living and working in Chicago and Yerevan. He works primarily with live performance, video, installation and 3D renderings. He makes performances that represent the ways that fantasy infiltrates experience of self, identity and geography. Research returns to ideas of translation, diasporan neither-ness, and queer reproduction. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his work has been presented in Armenia at the Institute of Contemporary Art, HAYP Pop Up Gallery, and NPAK/ACCEA; in Chicago at the Gray Center at University of Chicago, The Logan Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art, DFBRL8R, Links Hall, Extase Chicago, Ohklahomo!, The Sullivan Galleries, High Concept Labs and Mana Contemporary; in New York at GEARY Contemporary, The Maysles Film Institute, Chashama, and the PIMA Institute; in Italy at Tethys Gallery (Florence) and the 57th Venice Biennale (Arts and Globalization Pavilion).
Zena Bibler grew up in New York and Connecticut where, as a child, she tried over and over again to mix the right combination of her mother’s bath products into a potion that would convert her legs into a fish tail. She now channels that curiosity (about what it might take to transform into her improvisation practice(s).
Currently based Los Angeles, and moonlighting as a PhD student, she spends a lot of time thinking about how perception acts as a choreographic structure.
Christina Robson is currently a graduate student at The University of Maryland. She has collaborated and performed internationally with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, David Dorfman Dance, The Sean Curran Company, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, Third Rail Company, Heidi Henderson, Alexandra Beller, Kendra Portier, and others. Occasionally Christina makes short works, most recently a solo that translates sheet music and source code into a rule-based movement system. She is drawn to physicality that packs wildness and precision in the same bite.
Jenna Pollack is a Boston-based choreographer, performer, and educator. She has been commissioned by companies and festivals throughout the U.S., Spain and Germany. In the summer of 2020 she will be traveling to Colombia as an Arts Envoy with the State Department. Her performance highlights include the 2019 film ‘Little Women’, Scottish Dance Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, and within the burgeoning Boston landscape. She received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from The Juilliard School, an M.A. with Distinction in Choreography from the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, and a Certificate with Honors from Harvard Business School Online’s CORe program. She teaches at Salem State University and for the Boston Ballet Trainees, and has worked for Springboard Danse Montréal since 2013.
Kendra Portier is a dance artist – a maker, teacher, and performer. Kendra has an extensive teaching roster with numerous guest artist and faculty positions, spanning NYC communities to universities and festivals across the globe. She has performed in a range of works with decade-long tenures with Vanessa Justice Dance and David Dorfman Dance. Her work is housed under the moniker BAND, a project-based collaborative gaggle of artists, with whom she is performing Burnish (Magenta #08)and is in-process with I’ve been trying to meet you. Currently, Kendra is Artist in Residence at the University of Maryland College Park, where she will join faculty as the Maya Brin Professor in Dance, Fall 2020
jess pretty is on a quest for pleasure that transcends time and the spaces she claims to reside in. within her research she choreographs, performs, collaborates with other artists (will rawls, katie workum, cynthia oliver, leslie cuyjet, dianne mcintyre, jennifer monson and niall jones) and has a teaching practice in new york city (as well as universities around the u.s.) where she moved after receiving an mfa in dance and queer studies from the university of illinois at urbana champaign. her free time is filled curating methodologies for living past survival through being as unapologetically black as possible.
Hana van der Kolk is a Troy, NY-based artist, dancer, performer, educator, counselor, and facilitator of community events and spaces researching more interconnected and livable futures through embodied moves towards multi-dimensional intimacy. This takes the form of events, workshops, performances, material remnants, texts, videos, and psycho-spiritual approaches to restoration and relinquishment in the face of untenable pasts and unthinkable futures. Hana has performed internationally and taught at numerous art schools and universities, healing and community centers, and DIY spaces throughout the U.S. and Europe. They often teach community ritual/workouts under the name radial diamond kinetics, offer counseling sessions for individuals, contribute heavily to the workings of the youth shop at Troy Bike Rescue, a community bike shop, and are engaged in an ongoing collaboration with Tomislav Feller, which took the form of the ceremony performance nothingnessXXX in Amsterdam and Zagreb in 2018. They received an MFA in Dance from UCLA in 2008 and are currently pursuing the practice-based PhD in Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
Jesse Hewit makes art primarily from his home city of San Francisco, but comes from Orlando, Berlin, and New York stock/community. So, you know…he’s maybe kinda scrappy and ditzy, but he’s on time. Jesse trained in dance and theater at Tisch/Experimental Theater Wing with Annie-B Parson, Karen Finley, Mary Overlie, and Steve Wangh (among many), and some of his more recent big-impact teachers/collaborators have been Sara Shelton Mann, Meg Stuart, Amara Tabor-Smith, and Keith Hennessy. He completed graduate studies in Human Sexuality and Ethnic Studies at SFSU, and works primarily as an art-maker, writer, dancer, drag performer, dramaturg, and cook. Jesse’s dance/performance work, writing, food, and teaching have been offered internationally at universities, performance venues, and festivals (YBCA, Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory, Z Space, NYLA, American Realness, PICA’sTBA, HAU, HZT, ImpulsTanz, Ponderosa Tanzland, Dock11/Eden), and his upcoming projects include an adaptation of the playtext MUD by Maria Irene Fornes (premiere January 2021) and a multi-disciplinary autobiography, Purple Piece (premiere September 2021), about friendship, school shootings, magical realist revisions of violent narratives, and the emotional memories attached to various hues of…purple. He also improvises performatively on a semi-regular basis with animals + giraffes (Claudia La Rocco and Phillip Greenlief) and often does the dragz – as JuiceBox – with the legendary Fauxnique, at nightclubs everywhere. Jesse is an improviser, an abstractionist, a composition junkie, and here to facilitate presence and sensitivity in whatever way you might need it. Please do not go to his tired-ass/out-of-date website. Instead, maybe go play with your feet or a cup or a piece of cloth or something.
mayfield brooks improvises while black, and is currently based in brooklyn, new york working as a movement-based performance artist, vocalist, urban farmer, writer, and wanderer. they studied contemporary dance at the school for new dance (sndo) in amsterdam, moving on center in oakland, ca, and holds a mfa in interdisciplinary performance from uc davis and a masters in performance studies from northwestern university. mayfield was a 2017 artist in residence at movement research new york, a 2019 dance and process (dap) artist at the kitchen nyc, and is currently an artist in residence at the center for performance research (cpr) in brooklyn, ny. mayfield teaches urban farming courses for farm school new york (fsny), and teaches & performs dance and vocal improvisation nationally and internationally.
Angie Hauser is a BESSIE award-winning choreographer and performer. Her work is grounded in improvisation and collaboration. She is a principal collaborator with Bebe Miller Company contributing to the work as a dancer, performer, and writer for 20 years. She and long-time collaborator Chris Aiken create improvised performance projects which bring together musicians, dancers, and designers. In 2019 they toured Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan presenting their performance work, teaching workshops and connecting with professional dance communities. Other collaborators and influencers of her work include Jennifer Nugent, K.J. Holmes, Darrell Jones, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Paul Matteson, Xan Burley and Alex Springer and musicians Mike Vargas and Jesse Manno. She teaches dance technique, choreography, contact improvisation, and improvisation internationally. She received her MFA from Ohio State University and is currently an associate professor and chair of dance at Smith College in Northampton, MA.
Chris Aiken is recognized internationally as a contemporary dance maker and teacher of dance improvisation, performance, and contact improvisation. His work has evolved through long-term collaborations with Angie Hauser, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simson, Ray Chung, Peter Bingham, Mike Vargas, Olivier Besson, Cathy Young, and Patrick Scully, as well as collaborations with Steve Paxton, and Nancy Stark Smith. His training includes extensive research of ecological psychology, neurophysiology, philosophy, poetics, design, Alexander Technique, bodywork, and ideokinesis. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and has been presented by Movement Research, Dance Theater Workshop, the Bates Dance Festival, the Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation, the Florida Dance Festival, Impulstanz, and most recently i-dance Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, among many others. He is an Associate Professor and MFA Director at Smith College.
Paul Singh earned his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, USA. He has danced for Gerald Casel, Molissa Fenley, Jane Comfort, Risa Jaroslow, Will Rawls, Douglas Dunn, Christopher Williams, Kathy Westwater, Faye Driscoll, Doug Varone, and was featured in the inaugural cast of Punchdrunk’s American debut of “Sleep No More”. While abroad, he was a dancer in Peter Sellars’ opera “The Indian Queen,” as well as for Peter Pleyer (with collaborators Meg Stuart, Sasha Waltz and Jeremy Wade) in a large-scale improvisation work in Berlin. Paul has had his own work presented at the Judson Church, New York Live Arts, Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, La Mama E.T.C, Center for Performance and Research, Dock 11 (Berlin), and in 2004 his solo piece “Stutter” was presented at the Kennedy Center. Paul has taught contact improvisation around the world, leading intensives and advanced workshops for teacher training purposes and beginner studies. He currently teaches varied technique classes (partnering, floor work, contemporary technique, contact improvisation) for Movement Research, Sarah Lawrence College, and The Juilliard School